Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2005 9:02 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Two people want money for "pain and suffering" after the cable on Top Thrill Dragster separated and sent bits into riders last summer.
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What happened was unfortunate, but come on.
Not to mention there could be some psychological damage. As I recall those injured got free passes for TTD and the girls said they would never ride it again. An accident like this, who can blame em? A lawsuit like this will help show CP and Intamin that this is not ok (like many other lawsuits that are worse for Intamin, but in reality they dont really get the message that its not ok, lets jsut hope CP does and helps Intamin from their mistakes, or as I like to call them, their rides :) ) It will help in setting a standard to make sure something like this doesnt happen. Are they entitled to that much, absolutly not, but asking for what they are entitled to is a slap on the wrist, and cant deliver the right message.
I could be wrong but this is jsut how I feel. I really dont feel this is another one of thos McDonalds lawsuits, and this actual has meaning and hopefully they can learn. I am sure many will disagree, but oh well, Im willing to listen.
What if it was YOU who was pelted with wire shards? That kind of stuff is not supposed to happen. Was the cable inspected for problems? If so, did that inspection work? I know that I would sue.
How long did it take for all of those cuts on their face and body take to heal?
I once again have an unpopular opinion...sue me.
During *any* incident in which there is any type of damage or hurt caused to an individual from any type of machine or in this case a ride, it is almost always impossible for the park/manufacturer to win this case. Unfortunately, we live in a world where it is always unethical when the people are hurt from these devices. That's not the way it was before, but that's the way it us now. There are new standard codes of ethics for engineers thesedays that were not there 20 or 10 years ago. If they push this, chances are they will get their money. It rarely goes the other way around.
Just my two cents as a practicing engineer...
How much you want to bet that these two will be on another roller coaster this summer? Mental stress would mean they could never enjoy riding another roller coaster without fear of this event. I fear someone will yack on me everytime I ride Mean Streak. I fell and cut my leg at PKI pretty bad. Did it hurt? Yes. Was I in pain? Yes. Was I suffering? Yes. But the park had taken every precaution to make sure what happened to me didn't happen and it was out of their control when it did. Hey, it doesn't mean I hit three Cherries on the great sue corporate america slot machine. Unfortunate Accident. That is what this and the incident on TTD was. End of story. At this point anything else is for self benefit on behalf of the Plaintiff.*** This post was edited by ldiesman 2/16/2005 12:16:33 AM ***
You knew it was coming.
Has CF changed either the cables that they use, the mechanicals behind the ride, the maintenace schedule, etc....if not, then there's no reason to believe it couldn't happen again...and next time it COULD be someone's eye, or worse...
I'm NOT saying that there was a significant amount of pain and suffering, I got a paper cut the other day that hurt like heck, and it hardly bled at all...how much is that worth, and why don't they make paper safer, like with rounded edges or something? ;)
Obviously, there should be some idea of reasonable, LOL...but regardless, CF (or any company) would rather settle a case like this than risk a BAD verdict.
I don't like stupid lawsuits but I think this one has some merit. Should they get millions of dollars? No. And, if it can be shown that they needed a band-aid and went back into the park then maybe they don't deserve anything. But, if I were hit by shrapnel on a ride that was known to be having major maintenance issues then maybe I'd be asking for something more than an, "I'm sorry."
That being said, all they needed was "*MINOR*" first aid treatment.
The reason these putz's (sorry jeff) want payment is because the park refused to pay for them to go to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. They were demanding this, and all they had was a few little tiny pin prick injuries.
The media, and the victims have blown this entire situation wayyyyyy out of proportion, and made it sound like it was some horribly devastating accident. Last time I checked, the launch cable and the lubrication on it travel at the same speed as the coaster train. So claims that they were hit by projectiles going 120mph, isn't quite the whole story, cause they were also going 120mph! in the same direction!
People will sue for anything these days, regardless of how petty or rediculous the reason is. When riders were trapped on a local coaster here because of a safety switch malfunction, the season pass holders became irate when the non passholders were given a free return ticket, but passholders weren't! they threatened to sue! and probably will. Yet at no time was anyone in danger. Park officials were passing out bottled water to all stranded guests, while the maintenance team worked to release them. The Fire Dept asked the park to keep trying to get them down by lowering the vehicle, because the more dangerous and scarier method (extracting them by the fire dept) should be done as a last resort.
Consequently, a traffic copter just happened to be in the area and proceeded to beam this incident to televisions WORLD WIDE!
So basically, even though amusement park incidents can be potentially horrific, the reality is, most of them are silly safety switch shut downs caused by those little green sensors along the track.
SAM*** This post was edited by Sam A. Marks 2/16/2005 9:01:47 AM ***
If this case gets to a judge that's insane enough, I would expect TTD to be closed all of next year, if not further, if not for modifications than for "public safety". They hopped onto a machine that produces 10,000 horsepower, is created of multi-thousand pounds of steel, is controlled by a computer system that couldn't have existed 15 years ago, and they expect this thing to be failsafe? There's something called inherent risk to anything, and the more power and more "umph" you put into something, the more you push the limits of the abilities of materials and machinery, the more the risk increases, no matter how much design engineering and safety systems you put into something. Try and control a fire in a fireplace, easy right? Now try and control a fire in a magnesium factory, little harder, eh? But both are still concievably "doable".
I'm sorry, I get on this tirade every time something like this comes up because it's completely stupid. Furnish proof of your medical bills, have CP and Intamin pay for them, and leave it at that. Money never has and never will cure "pain and suffering" and there's no real way to qualify those two feelings with cash. The only way it gets qualified is by what the lawyers need to put their kids through college and buy that new boat they've had their eyes on.
In the modified words of Eric Cartman, "Boohooers piss me off ... "
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